The new library here at My Porch is in desparate need of some paint. The previous owner had painted it a very blah, ugly, dirty beige. At first I thought I was going to go for a very light and bright white since the room doesn’t get a whole lot of natural light. But the room also has this wood paneling with a rather pronounced wood grain. I thought that the white over the wood grain would neither hide nor enhance the grain pattern. So then we started thinking of colors and I kept being drawn to the row of Persephones on my shelves.Such a lovely gray, maybe I could do something like that. We looked through more Benjamin Moore grays than you would think existed. We narrowed it down to 7 that we wanted to see in the space.
That’s me back there on my porch painting sample boards.
Painting large pieces of foam core with the seven paint samples.
Here are the 7 colors. Do you have a favorite? There was a color that was very close to the Persephone gray, but we thought it was too light for what we wanted so we didn’t get a sample of that one.
They look very different inside and out of the natural light.
We had already narrowed it down from 7 to 5 by this point.
Little closer up view. Now that I look at this I realize this shot is of the samples with only one coat. The pictures above and below this one show better coverage. The shelves will be painted a brighter white as well.
A little more context. Which one do you think we chose? Answer will be posted later this week.